Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Diet product line includes the 8 dry dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
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- Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Senior [M]
- Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Lamb and Pea (4 stars) [M]
- Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Puppy [G]
- Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Salmon and Sweet Potato [M]
- Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Duck and Green Pea (4 stars) [M]
- Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Turkey and Pea (4 stars) [M]
- Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Large Breed Adult Salmon and Sweet Potato [M]
- Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Small Breed Adult Salmon and Sweet Potato [M]
Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Lamb and Pea was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Lamb and Pea
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Deboned lamb, lamb meal, dried peas, dried lentils, pea starch, ground flaxseed, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pea fiber, natural flavor, dl-methionine, dried carrots, minerals (calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), taurine, potassium chloride, mixed tocopherols and citric acid (preservatives), rosemary extract
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.2%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||28%||13%||51%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||25%||29%||46%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb. Although it is a quality item, raw lamb contains up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.
After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.
The second ingredient is lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.
The next two ingredients include dried peas and dried lentils. Dried peas and lentils are good sources of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.
However, both items contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The fifth ingredient is pea starch, a paste-like, gluten-free carbohydrate extract probably used here as a binder for making kibble. Aside from its energy content (calories), pea starch is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The sixth ingredient is flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.
However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The next ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.
Yet others cite the fact that canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.
In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.
The eighth ingredient is pea fiber, a mixture of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber derived from pea hulls. Aside from the usual benefits of fiber, this agricultural by-product provides no other nutritional value to a dog.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this Simply Nourish product.
With 3 notable exceptions…
First, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.
Next, we find chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
And lastly, we note the use of taurine, an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.
Since taurine deficiency appears to be more common in pets consuming grain-free diets, we view its presence in this recipe as a positive addition.
Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Diet
Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 30% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 48% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 48%.
Which means this Simply Nourish product line contains…
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to other dry dog foods.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the dried peas, lentils and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.
Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Diet is a grain-free dry dog food using a notable amount of named meat meals as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
Simply Nourish Dog Food
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to Simply Nourish. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
- Simply Nourish Dog Food Recall (8/15/2021)
- PetSmart Announces Recall of Certain Lots of Simply Nourish Dog Treats (10/8/2014)
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Notes and Updates
06/23/2020 Last Update